The 2023 Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, on Monday, cheered supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, after the politician promised to come in for anyone wrongfully victimized in the opposition’s camp during the ongoing campaign season.
Naija News reports that Sowore took to his verified Twitter page to react to Obi’s lamentation that his supporters are being intimidated and arrested.
Obi had in a thread today alleged that some of his supporters popularly known as OBIdients are being silently arrested by some security agents.
The former Governor of Anambra State condemned the act calling on the Federal and State agencies to educate their operatives on the need to respect civil rights.
Obi’s tweet reads: “Labour Party candidate Elections are not deemed free and fair when a certain group employs the tool of intimidation to ensure that the opposition is silenced, both at the campaigns and at the polls.
“Recent reports of OBIdients being silently arrested by some security agents is extremely disturbing and condemnable. We must ensure that everyone is given a level playing field in the forthcoming elections, and that no eligible Nigerian, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation is disenfranchised, more so through violence and intimidation.
“I call on the Federal and State agencies to remind their operatives on the need to respect civil liberties. Thank you. God bless you all. God bless Nigeria.”
Reacting to the development, Sowore took to his personal Twitter page to also condemn the assault on his opponent’s camp.
He tweeted: “It has come to our attention that security agencies are victimising supporters of Peter Obi, according to a report attributed to him.
“If you know of anyone being wrongfully victimised for their political views or choices, do not hesitate to let us know. We’ll be happy to help.”
Naija News reports that Sowore’s post has since generated a barrage of reactions on social media as netizens, mostly supporters of the Labour Party candidate, commended the Publisher of Sahara Reporters.
Sowore had on Monday condemned an attack on Obidients’ supporters in Lagos. Naija News reports that a young Nigerian popularly known as @ObiFlagboy had on Monday narrated how he was brutally attacked by thugs in the Oshodi area of Lagos State during his routine movement for his preferred candidate.
According to him, they went out, as usual, to display the #ObiDatti flag, when the hoodlums descended, assaulted and even poured fuel on them, with their phones smashed for doing nothing wrong.
He further explained that a uniformed man tried to intervene, but his pleas fell on deaf ears as the thugs continued to hit them with the iron rod used to support the flag.
Reacting to the incident via his Twitter page, Sowore appealed to the Nigeria Police and the Department of Public Prosecution to prevail over the situation and charge suspected perpetrators.
According to Sowore, no Nigerian citizen deserves a such level of cruelty over their political choices.
This article was originally published on Naija News